RICHFIELD, Utah – For some people, diet and lifestyle changes are not enough to lose weight. On the advice of your doctor, bariatric surgery may be an option.
Richfield, mother-of-five Mckenzi Wyatt, said she struggled with her weight for years and tried every weight-loss program out there.
“It would work for a while, then it would just stop,” she said.
dr Preston Gilbert of Intermountain Healthcare’s Sevier Valley Hospital recommended bariatric surgery to Wyatt. The surgery makes changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight.
To be successful, patients must make a complete lifestyle change. To support this, they go through an 18-month training process and several follow-up appointments after the operation.
Before the operation, patients also undergo nutritional, psychological and physical examinations.
“TThere’s a stigma that people are undisciplined or haven’t lost weight because they have to work harder, but our physiology actually counteracts that,” Gilbert said.
Wyatt has lost over 60 pounds since surgery in April. She said for her it changed her life.
“I’m very grateful,” she said. “I got my life back”
However, this surgery is not for everyone. Gilbert said weight loss surgery may be a good option for you if you have one or more of the following issues:
- Body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 with one or more obesity-related medical conditions
- BMI greater than 40
- Losing 100 pounds or more
- Medically directed weight loss programs have not helped you achieve a healthy weight
You may not be eligible if:
- Your obesity is related to an untreated metabolic or hormonal disorder
- You have an untreated history of substance abuse or an untreated serious psychiatric illness
- You have health problems that are so serious that surgery would be dangerous
- You want to get pregnant within the next 18 months
Gilbert said that is a lifelong commitment after surgery – patients must continue to do so Take vitamin supplements, follow a strict diet and exercise regularly.
Intermountain has five weight loss surgery centers. They are at Cassia Regional Hospital in Burley, Idaho; LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City; Utah Valley Hospital in Provo; St. George Regional Hospital; and Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield, Utah.
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